Jean Mans, the U.S. in-charge in El Salvador, said this Saturday that his country was government Salvador condemns the decision of the Constitutional Committee of the Supreme Court, which implements the presidential re-election He argued that this “decline” of democracy in Central America was damaging relations between the two countries.
“US government condemns Supreme Court decision on September 3 by Salvador’s Constituent Assembly”Mans said at a press conference convened by local reporters.
Friday night, Constitutional judges, appointed on May 1, overturned the 2014 ruling and immediately implemented presidential re-election. This could allow President Naib Bukhele to run for a second term in 2024.
This decision allows for immediate presidential re-election It is clearly against the Constitution of Salvador to ensure that immediate re-election is not allowed. “
Mans warned This decline in democracy is damaging bilateral relations between the United States and El Salvador. We want to maintain the relationship we have had for decades.
That added The ruling is a direct result of the May 1 decision of the Salvadoran Legislature to unconstitutionally remove judges acting under the Constitution. And install loyal alternatives to the board.
“It simply came to our notice then A clear strategy to undermine the independence of the judiciary and to remove a key counterweight to the executive branch. ” Added.
Mans He also criticized the recent decision of Congress to dismiss judges and lawyers in the sixties. Argument against corrupt practices.
On May 1, the legislature, with a pro-government majority, Constitutional judges fired and 5 lawyers appointed Who gave this verdict.
One of the appointed judges Former Adviser to the Bukele Administrator, Attorney to the current Director of Police and former Commissioner of Public Information Access, It was selected by Bukele in a questionable process.
In a resolution criticized by various departments, Judges order the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to “allow someone who holds the presidency of the Republic and is not immediately president in the previous term” Take part in the election for the second time.
Judicial decision Paves the way for President Phule to seek re-election in 2024, Because with the interpretation given to the 1st Epigraph 2014 of Article 152 of the Constitution, it had to wait until 2034.
In the judgment of the judges, They pointed out that the 2014 interpretation was “wrong” and that the Constitution allows a citizen to be president for a maximum of 10 years.
President, who He won the 2019 presidential election with broad advantage and maintained the approval of high-ranking citizensHe did not comment on the possibility of running for re-election.
(With information from EFE)